Terms & Conditions of Music Tuition at Scotch College
By enrolling in lessons boys are making a commitment to tuition, practice and ensemble for the duration of the calendar year. Please note that enrolments roll over from one school year to the next unless the student withdraws as per the withdrawal conditions stated below.
Fees & Charges
Fees are charged based upon the number of scheduled lessons (usually at least 9 per term), and length of each lesson. Lesson length is determined by each student’s Music Tutor in conjunction with parents and will depend on factors such as skill level attained and technical difficulty of repertoire. Fees are paid in advance and appear on each term’s statement.
2021 Fees and charges
|30 minute individual lesson||$43.60|
|45 minute individual lesson||$65.40|
|60 minute individual lesson||$87.20|
|30 minute group lesson*||$32.70|
* 30 minute group lessons are only available for early years keyboard, year six music (band) programme, and electronic music for introductory students
As students come out of regular classes to attend their lessons; the lesson will be rotated through a different time each week so that students do not repeatedly miss the same class. The only exceptions to this are:
- students with a diagnosed learning difficulty, who have an individual education plan which stipulates a fixed lesson time requirement
- students in Year 12 studying in the ATAR or IB Diploma pathway, who will be allocated a fixed lesson time during a scheduled study period or outside of regular class time
Music lesson times are set and published well in advance through SEQTA Learn and SEQTA Engage. We expect that all boys (and parents, for Junior School students) will monitor the lesson timetable and be prepared for lessons accordingly. Changes to lesson times may be requested by students in advance, (minimum 1 week), in the following cases:
- when a lesson time clashes with an academic course assessment
- when a student is off campus as a College representative at a sanctioned event
It is vital to every student’s ongoing progress and development in music that they attend lessons as scheduled. Parents will be informed via email if their son does not attend his scheduled music lessons or ensemble rehearsals.
A minimum of one week’s notice is required if any student is unable to attend a scheduled lesson for any reason (refer to lesson scheduling above).
In the case of a long term injury or illness, please contact Scotch Music Reception. In most cases, boys will be able to continue having lessons even if they are not able to play their instrument for a period of time. The Music Tutor will work on aural skills, theory, analysis, history and listening activities until instruments are able to be played again.
The College does not provide rescheduled lessons or credits in cases where students are absent due to sickness, family holidays, or where a student simply forgets to attend his lesson.
Every boy from Year Four through Year Twelve has a OneNote page dedicated to their music tuition. Music Tutors will use this tool as a primary method of communication with boys. Boys in Pre K through Year 3 will have paper based music practice journals issued. General notices regarding Music Tuition, or ensemble will be posted through the Performing Arts website and through the Scotch College App. Any communication regarding specific issues related to duty of care, pastoral care or academic progress will be via direct email or telephone conversations.
In addition to these communication methods, the College also offers two Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews (PTSI’s) each year specifically for Music Tuition. These events are held in Summer term and Winter term.
Withdrawal from Music Tuition
Withdrawal from lessons in the music tuition programme can only occur at the end of each semester by completing the online withdrawal form, available through the Performing Arts website. Withdrawal notification must be submitted:
- To conclude lessons at the end of semester 1: by 4.00pm – Friday 4 June 2021
- To conclude lessons at the end of semester 2: by 4.00pm – Friday 5 November 2021
It’s important to note that there are no other withdrawal points during the year. In default of withdrawal notification being submitted, a full semester’s fees will be charged.